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Student admits to changing grades at local college

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Fall River, Mass. (WHDH) - A convicted cyber thief has now been charged in a hack attack that allowed him to make the grade at a Fall River college.

Federal prosecutors say Cameron LaCroix changed his grade along with those of two others.      

But, according to court documents, investigators were watching LaCroix for two years and his actions did not stop there.
The staff at Bristol Community College is outraged that LaCroix, a former student, is accused of stealing his teachers’ online information.

“While we believe the scope of this is very small, one is too many,” a spokesperson from the college said.

U.S. attorneys say  "on approximately 24 occasions, LaCroix logged into the BCC instructors' accounts, and on seven separate occasions, he changed course grades for himself and two other BCC students."

The allegations against LaCroix go beyond changing grades though. He has agreed to plead guilty to charges that from May of 2011 through 2013 "LaCroix obtained and possessed stolen payment card data for than 14,000."

Attorneys also say two years ago he hacked into a police chief’s email then "Repeatedly accessed, without authorization, law enforcement computer servers containing sensitive information, including police reports."

As for the school he’s accused of betraying new safety measures are being put into place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“For us what is a really critical is that we are right on top of this and we are going to make sure it’s even harder in the future,” the spokesperson said.

The school stresses that the credit card information didn’t come from the school.

It is unclear when LaCroix will be sentenced.
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